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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

A work in progress. Explaining words and phrases that I often use. Noting new and interesting ideas. Discussing certain verbal warning signs. There’s no social justice or political correctness here.

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e•friend       earth       Earth Day (customary)       Earth Day (original)       Earth (planet)       Easter       Eastre       eclipse       ecology, first law       ecology, fourth law       ecology, second law       ecology, third law       ecology vs. environmentalism       egregore       elegant simplicity       elemental resonances       emoji       environmentalism       Eoastrae       Eostre       episteme       equinox       eros       esbat       Esther       ethical slut       ethos       exhibitionism       experience       experienced vs. revealed
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Someone I haven’t met offline but who I share respect with and I’ve had productive online discussions with, usually through email or IM

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One of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and in Western alchemy. One of the five traditional elements in Western occultism.

In a standard Tarot deck, earth is symbolized by coins or pentacles. In Gaelic myth, there is the Stone of Destiny. In the Grail romances, there is the Shield.

Corresponds with one of the four best known states of matter, solid.

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Earth Day (customary)      22April

Earth Day (original)      vernal equinox

The original Earth Day was introduced on the 1970 vernal equinox by John McConnell intending to celebrate the Earth and peace.

On April 22, 1970 a politician hijacked the celebration and made it about compelling behavior and teaching environmentalism. Later a murderer and enviornmental activist claimed part of the credit for this version, although his role in 1970 is disputed.

Ever since, we've been pretending this is a Good Thing.

Let's get back to the original version without the social justice hullabaloo, without shaming and controlling other people. Let’s treat Earth Day as how it started. Celebrate the Earth and peace. Forget the environmentalism. Forget the social justice. Forget the politics.

It’s about the Earth, the one thing we share. It’s about peace, the one thing we should share. Hard to go wrong with either of those.

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Earth      ♁ (planet)

Earth or the Earth is the planet on which we live. People usually say Earth when they are referring to the planet as part of the universe, and the Earth when they are talking about the planet as the place where we live.

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Easter      See Selected Christian Observances

Eastre     See Ostara, vernal equinox


An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer. This alignment of three celestial objects is known as a syzygy. Apart from syzygy, the term eclipse is also used when a spacecraft reaches a position where it can observe two celestial bodies so aligned. An eclipse is the result of either an occultation (completely hidden) or a transit (partially hidden).

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ecology, first law      See first law of ecology

ecology, fourth law      See fourth law of ecology

ecology, second law      See second law of ecology

ecology, third law      See third law of ecology

ecology vs. environmentalism

Ecology studies how living systems interact and interconnect with each other. Environmentalism is about teaching and compelling behavior. These words are not synonyms. As both a pagan and a libertarian, I can not support environmentalism.

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  1. (obsolete) An angelic being from the Book of Enoch.
  2. (occult) An autonomous psychic entity that is composed of and influencing the thoughts of a group of people.

When a group of people pray and meditate collectively towards an objective, an Egregore of protection and blessing is sent forth, as a circle of Light that shields and safeguards the purpose of the prayers.

Psychologically speaking, an Egregore is that "atmosphere” or "personality" that develops among groups independent of any of its members. It is the feeling or impression you get when walking into a neighborhood that “feels different” from the surrounding area, or when visiting a club or association that has been around for a long time.

In an occult or magical context, an Egregore is a general imprint that encircles a group entity. It is the summary of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energies generated by two or more people vibrating together towards the same goal; being a sub-product of our personal and collective creative process as co-creators of our reality.

An Egregore has developed to the point of attaining an independent existence as an entity itself or as an intentionally created entity, such as a servitor, that has grown in power well beyond its original design. To a non-religious practitioner of magic, an Egregore, and a god, or goddess, would be interchangeable terms. To a religious practitioner, an Egregore would be just below the level of a god or goddess.

However, there is a second definition, an older, more significant, and perhaps frightening one. Here, an egregore is more than an “autonomous entity composed of and influencing the thoughts of a group of people”; it is also the home or conduit for a specific psychic intelligence of a nonhuman nature connecting the invisible dimensions with the material world in which we live. This, in fact, is the true source of power of the ancient cults and their religious-magical practices.

The matter appears somewhat differently to the student of esotericism and occult philosophy. If earthly things and actions have correspondences of a non-material kind, it may be that the former are not just passive with regard to the latter. The “gods,” whatever they may be, may need sacrifices and rituals even more than the worshiper needs the gods. Such human activities may be the main, even the only, source of their reality. There is an occult concept of the “egregore,” a term derived from the Greek word for “watcher.” It is used for an immaterial entity that “watches” or presides over some earthly affair or collectivity. The important point is that an egregore is augmented by human belief, ritual, and especially by sacrifice. If it is sufficiently nourished by such energies, the egregore can take on a life of its own and appear to be an independent, personal divinity, with a limited power on behalf of its devotees and an unlimited appetite for their further devotion. It is then believed to be an immortal god or goddess, an angel, or a daimon.

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elegant simplicity

Adapt and do more with less. One sure sign of a master.

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elemental resonances

There are four (actually five) traditional elements in Western occultism. Elemental resonances involve the “connections” between a physical thing and the element. The stronger the resonance, the better the thing is a “symbol” of the element.
See also fire, water, air, earth, spirit

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Emoji (from Japanese 絵文字, read えもじ) (pl. emoji) are the tiny pictures you can put on your texts.

The word dates back to the early Japanese mobile phones. With the iPhone's plethora of icons, the word "emoji" became widespread, as it was what the keyboard was named.

It is made of two components, and 文字, meaning "picture" and "nwc" respectively.

Therefore, any claims that tie the word to "emoticon" are etymologically WRONG.

Emoji (絵文字?) is the Japanese term for the picture snwcs or emoticons used in Japanese electronic messages and webpages. Originally meaning pictograph, the word literally means "picture" (e) + "nwc" (moji). The snwcs are used much like emoticons elsewhere, but a wider range is provided, and the icons are standardized and built into the handsets. Some emoji are very specific to Japanese culture, such as a bowing (apologizing) businessman, a face wearing a face mask or a group of emoji representing popular foods: ramen noodles, dango, onigiri, Japanese curry, sushi. The three main Japanese operators, NTT DoCoMo, au and SoftBank Mobile (formerly Vodafone), have each defined their own variants of emoji.

Although typically only available in Japan, the snwcs and code required to use emoji are, thanks to the nature of software development, often present in many phones' software. As a result, some phones such as Windows Phone 7 line and the iPhone allow access to the symbols without requiring a Japanese operator. Emoji have also started appearing in emailing services such as Gmail (accessed via Google Labs) in April 2009 and websites such as Flipnote Hatena. Several SMS applications for Android powered phones also provide plugins that allow the use of Emoji. Apple's Mac OS X operating system supports emoji as of version 10.7 Lion.

There were some versions on the Palm OS, although they used hacks and weren’t standardized in the snwc table.

I find emoji fascinating because it’s a new language developing before our eyes.

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environmentalism     Environmentalism is a political crusade.

Environmentalism is about coercively controlling the behavior of others. Expect justification by junk science, mandatory education initiatives, vague measurements of success, ever-changing panics, and threats of excessive punishment.

Thou shalt not dissent.
  1. a theory that views environment rather than heredity as the important factor in the development and especially the cultural and intellectual development of an individual or group
  2. advocacy of the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment
    especially : the movement to control pollution

Environmentalism or environmental rights is a broad philosophy, ideology, and social movement regarding concerns for environmental protection and improvement of the health of the environment, particularly as the measure for this health seeks to incorporate the impact of changes to the environment on humans, animals, plants and non-living matter. While environmentalism focuses more on the environmental and nature-related aspects of green ideology and politics, ecologism combines the ideology of social ecology and environmentalism. Ecologism is more commonly used in continental European languages while ‘environmentalism’ is more commonly used in English but the words have slightly different connotations. Environmentalism advocates the preservation, restoration and/or improvement of the natural environment, and may be referred to as a movement to control pollution or protect plant and animal diversity. For this reason, concepts such as a land ethic, environmental ethics, biodiversity, ecology, and the biophilia hypothesis figure predominantly.

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Eoastrae     See Ostara, vernal equinox

Eostre     See Ostara, vernal equinox


A system of understanding or a body of ideas which give shape to the knowledge of that time.

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equinox   See archaeoastronomy.com for dates this year

the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator, making night and day of approximately equal length all over the earth and occurring about March 21 (vernal equinox or spring equinox) and September 22 (autumnal equinox)

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Erotic love, possessiveness, an intimate love. One of the Greek words of love.
See also love

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The Esbat is the monthly meeting of a witches’ coven. It takes place at the time of full moon. The full moon is not only the flood-tide of psychic power. In the olden days, before the introduction of street lighting and paved roads, it was the most practicable time for people to travel about the countryside.

The Esbat is a smaller and less solemn occasion than the Sabbat. For the latter, several covens might foregather but the Esbat is a local affair. It may be held for some particular coven business, or simply for fun and enjoyment. The word ‘Esbat’ comes from the Old French s’esbattre, meaning to frolic and amuse oneself.

The term Esbat in this sense is largely due to Margaret Murray and her 1921 book, “The Witch Cult in Western Europe”. Originally, in 16th Century French, the term “Esbat” meant roughly "frolic, romp, disport".

There are thirteen Esbats each year (each lunar month, every 28 days), traditionally lasting from midnight until cock-crow (dawn). They are celebrations of the full moon as a symbol of the fertile, pregnant Mother Earth, and are used to honour the female aspect of the deity (the Goddess). Usually, an Esbat is celebrated by getting together with a coven or a few friends and honouring the Goddess with dancing, singing and magical workings, followed by crescent cakes and wine. The Goddess may be invoked during an Esbat, and poems and tributes read in her honour, and dances and/or music performed for her.

A fair amount of training happens during esbats, especially if it requires somthing more than one-on-one. Some groups also hold esbats "as needed," but most stick to the full Moon.

As a solitary, I don't practice esbats because I don't have a group. I use the Moon cycles to honor the magick, and the solar and fire festivals to honor the gods.

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Esther     See Ostara, vernal equinox

ethical slut      ”Sex is nice and pleasure is good for you.”

An ethical slut is a person of any gender who celebrates sexuality with more than one partner and works to do so in ways that are ethical and respect the feelings and rights of others.
Someone who enjoys sex with people they care about but only within a ethical code. In my case, my first two sex rules are carved in stone and unbreakable.

Consenting adults only.

You're off limits if you promised to be someone else's “one and only.”

The other rules are less strict but I try very hard to honor those.

Just because someone enjoys sex doesn't make them depraved.

I think that many cultural mores about sex come from misguided attempts to control other's behavior while shielding them from responsiblity. Individual choice and responsiblity make an adult.
So we are proud to reclaim the word slut as a term of approval, even endearment. To us, a slut is a person of any gender who celebrates sexuality according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you. Sluts may choose to have no sex at all or to get cozy with the Fifth Fleet. They may be heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, or bisexual, radical activists or peaceful suburbanites.

As proud sluts, we believe that sex and sexual love are fundamental forces for good, activities with the potential to strengthen intimate bonds, enhance lives, open spiritual awareness, even change the world. Furthermore, we believe that every consensual intimate relationship has these potentials and that any erotic pathway, consciously chosen and mindfully followed, can be a positive, creative force in the lives of individuals and their communities.

Sluts share their sexuality the way philanthropists share their money: because they have a lot of it to share, because it makes them happy to share it, because sharing makes the world a better place. Sluts often find that the more love and sex they give away, the more they have: a loaves-and-fishes miracle in which greed and generosity go hand in hand to provide more for everybody. Imagine living in sexual abundance!
– Janet W. Hardy & Dossie Easton, The Ethical Slut

This character is a a moral and benevolent person, at least when it comes to matters of romance and sexuality. A person who has a strong (and reasonable) ethical code, a strong (and not misguided) sense of empathy, or both. Because of this, regardless of this or in spite of this (depending on the setting), the character believes that Sex Is Good and that it's wrong to impose limits to what sexuality should be like.

This is a character who is strongly opposed to abuse, predation, exploitation, entitlement and Double Standards, while at the same time also opposing judgmental and moralistic attitudes about such matters as promiscuity, Polyamory, Open Relationships, Friends with Benefits, homosexuality, BDSM and Maligned Mixed Marriage. Since this standpoint is a personal one, the character does not have to be interested in politics or activism. The character is simply leading by example by (directly or indirectly) embracing a wide range of sexuality, either by practicing sexual varietism or by professing his or her belief in the free love doctrine and by caring about the emotions of everyone involved and it isn't necessary for the character to have an active sex life.

The authors define the term slut as "a person of any gender who has the courage to lead life according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you." The term is reclaimed from its usual use as a pejorative and as a simple label for a promiscuous person. Instead, it is used to signify a person who is accepting of their enjoyment of sex and the pleasure of physical intimacy with others, and chooses to engage and accept these in an ethical and open way—rather than as cheating.

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  1. Sociology. the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people or period: In the Greek ethos the individual was highly valued.
  2. the snwc or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.
  3. the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a snwc's action rather than his or her thought or emotion.

An appeal to authority or credibility.
Research inspired by an entry at Chas Clifton's
Letter from Hardscrabble Creek

See also logos, pathos, rhetoric, logos, pathos, rhetoric, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modes_of_persuasion

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exhibitionism     Exhibitionism is about provoking a reaction.

  1. a tendency to display one's abilities or to behave in such a way as to attract attention.
  2. Psychiatry. a disorder characterized especially by a compulsion to exhibit the genitals in public.

Exhibitionistic disorder is a condition marked by the urge, fantasy, or behavior of exposing one’s genitals to non-consenting people, particularly strangers.

Exhibitionism is the act of exposing in a public or semi-public context those parts of one's body that are not normally exposed – for example, the breasts, genitals or buttocks. The practice may arise from a desire or compulsion to expose themselves in such a manner to groups of friends or acquaintances, or to strangers for their amusement or sexual satisfaction or to shock the bystander. Exposing oneself only to an intimate partner is normally not regarded as exhibitionism. In law, the act of exhibitionism may be called indecent exposure, "exposing one's person", or other expressions.
I am not convinced that exhibitionism is a disorder. I do think that it is a reaction to some seriously disturbed social attitudes towards nudity and confusing nudity with sex.

Naturism is not exhibitionism.

If society didn't expect people to be clothed, exhibitionism wouldn't exist.

Exhibitionism relies on the sexual thrill of violating the taboo. It's seeing just how far boundries can be pushed. An exhibitionist needs to be caught doing the forbidden. Exhibitionists crave attention. Without a strong reaction, exhibitionism is boring.

I admit I can be an exhibitionist. But I am really a naturist. Even an Earth, sun & moon worshiping naturist. I'd do it openly if I didn't think I would offend the neighbors. But that is why we make privacy fences.

Usually I do dinner parties for the beginnings of winter and summer (Wintergate and Summergate). In past years it’s been a dozen or so close friends. One highlight is getting willing ladies to cut my hair. It means indulging my inner exhibitionist enough to take off my shirt. But that is not what fires me up and makes me hard.

No, it's the Hair of the Bear that really does it. Some ladies volunteer to pour water over my head. That means getting my hair wet. It means having female fingers run through my wet hair. It means sometimes those wet female fingers stroke my exposed skin. It sometimes means quick nipple teasing. It means laughter and fun and embarrassment. It means my friends seeing a side of me that I usually don’t let out and play. And yes, it's a sexual thrill when ladies wash, comb, and cut my hair in front of a crowd. Even with pants on, it's pretty obvious that I get excited.

Exhibitionism can be fun. It's healthier in moderation. Just remember, nudity does not equal sex, nor does it invite sex.

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Experience trumps language every time. Tell someone who has never heard music what Greensleeves is. Tell someone who knows nothing about fruit how amazing homemade peach ice cream is in the summer. Tell a virgin how incredible sex can be with someone you care about.

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experienced vs. revealed      See the Journey vs. the Story


Tries to wow you with complexity and can be easily overwhelmed by their own efforts. Very much a performer mindset.

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